Maybe that’s why Google is so worried about the iPhone. Apps vs. browser search is a game changer.
For Mac users who stick to Safari there are plenty of tools to enhance the search effort. One of the niftiest and most usable is a free app called Keystone. What it does is rather simple, yet desirable. Keystone adds custom keyword search capability to Safari.
This lets you use search engines besides Google. When you type in keywords to search, you’ll still see Safari’s own search completion, so you can choose which completions to use (or, just wait for a search to take place).
Even better, Keystone lets you enter your keyword search right in Safari’s URL bar (similar to the search bar/URL bar in Google’s Chrome).
Here’s what it looks like in action.
It couldn’t be much simpler to use.
Once you install Keystone it shows up in Safari’s Preferences and displays the built-in keywords for various search engines.
Those are the keywords you use to tell Keystone which search engine to use.
All the basic search engines are included in Keystone, including plenty I’ve never heard of, let alone used.
And, you can add your own keywords and search engines to Keystone with a click.
This is a simple, elegant, useful app that makes browser searches in Safari more palatable.